General Scholarship Search Engines:

www.studentscholarshipsearch.com      

www.fastweb.com           

www.zinch.com                       

www.collegeboard.com      

www.scholarships.com                         

www.fastweb.com              

www.collegescholarships.org         

www.roybal-allard.house.gov                    

www.chooseyourfuture.com*  

www.e4fc.org*   

www.migrant.net

www.getreadyforcollege.org

www.hispanicfund.org

              

Specific Scholarship Opportunities:

  • $1,000
  • $500-1500
  • http://davisputter.org/  (Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund) $1,000-10,000
  • http://www.dreamactivist.org/faq/education/scholarships/ (Dream Activist) *
  • $500-1000
  • $10,000-20,000
  • http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe (Chicano Organizing and Research in Education) $7,000-10,000
  • http://chicanalatina.org/scholarship.html (Chicana Latina / Foundation) * $,15000
  • tp://www.nygearup.org/collegesense/students/scholar_undoc.htm (College Sense)
  • $1,000-20,000
  • http://www.getreadyforcollege.org/gpg.cfm?pageid=1586 (Get Ready for College) $500-5000
  • http://hispaniccommunityaffairscouncil.org/) (Hispanic Community Affairs Council) $750-1,500
  • $500-1,150
  • $1,000
  • http://www.latinocollegedollars.org/ (Latino College Dollars) $500-5000
  • http://lmsa.net/resources/scholarships/dfm-scholarship-application (Latino Medical Student Association) $1,000-10,000
  • http://lulac.org/programs/education/scholarships/ (League of United Latin American Citizens)
  • http://www.maldef.org/leadership/scholarships/index.html  (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) *
  • http://100amigos-imbecas.org (Mexican Consulate)*
  • http://rmhc.org/what-we-do/rmhc-u-s-scholarships/ (Ronald McDonald House Charities)
  • http://www.scholarshipsforhispanics.com (Scholarships for Hispanics)
  • (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
  • (Society of Women Engineers)
  • http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/showIndexScreen.htx (Scholarship Experts)
  • (United States Hispanic Leadership Institute)
  • http://sunkist.com/about/scholarship_application.pdf (Sunkist Memorial Scholarship)
  • http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net (Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund)
  • http://www.finaid.org/ (FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid)
  • http://vidayfamilia.univision.com/es-el-momento/becas-universitarias/ (Univision: Es El Momento Beca)

*Scholarships open to AB540

  • Scholarship Search

Where to obtain scholarship information:

-        Internet: scholarship search engines and college financial aid websites

-        Counselor, Teachers, Mentors

-        College representatives (MESA, EAOP, PUENTE)

-        Career Center, Transfer Center, Library

-        Church, union (parents), employer (yours and/or your parents)

-        Never pay any company or person for scholarship information.

  • Getting Organized

Create folders with the following categories:

-    Scholarship applications

-        Personal statements and scholarship essays (paper copies and computer files)

-        Letters of recommendations (teachers, counselors, coaches, community contacts)

-        Official and unofficial high school and college transcripts

-        Updated résumé (paper copies and computer files)

-        Awards/certificates

-        Financial aid information or Student Aid Reports

  • Prioritize Scholarship Deadlines

-        Read eligibility criteria and requested documentation carefully when you obtain a scholarship application. Is the deadline “Post-marked” or “received by”? What will you need to submit?

-        Use both personal planners and family calendars to keep track of deadlines.

-        Create your own benchmark deadlines to submit the applications early.

-        Make requests early (at least two weeks) for letters of recommendation and official transcripts.

-        It is good practice to provide your recommender with copies of your résumé and personal statement.

  • Résumé / List of Activities

-        Maintain good records of all of your accomplishments and activities. These would include work experience, honors, awards, and achievements, community service, and extracurricular activities.

-        Describe each activity so that the reader understands what it is and include dates of involvement.

-        Attend résumé-building workshops or obtain a résumé worksheet at the Career Center for support.

  • Letters of Recommendation

-        A good recommender would be a teacher, counselor, or community person who knows you well and can describe your strengths.  Do not use relatives as recommenders.

-        You can request a letter tailored to a specific scholarship application or a general letter that can be used in several scholarship applications… or ask for both!

-        Give recommenders about 2-3 weeks notice and give them a specific deadline that is earlier than the application deadline.  Also provide them with a résumé to help them write a strong letter.

  • Essays and Personal Statements

-        Be prepared to write several personal statements, each with a different emphasis, but with overlapping information.

-        Key areas to write about include: Academic/career goals, leadership, personal accomplishments, community involvement, and obstacles that you have overcome.

-        Have a teacher, a counselor, and/or a mentor review and edit your essays.

  • Effort

-        Treat your pursuit of scholarships as you would a job. Dedicate the time and effort to do it well. Remember, scholarships are not ‘just money’; they are recognitions of your accomplishments that will be with you for a lifetime!

-        Proofread your entire application before submitting it.